North Country
5:04 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Lancaster: First Private Prison Site?

A North Country  town could be the site of a privately run prison, should state officials decide to outsource its prison operations.  NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Lancaster has been identified as a possible site for a privately run prison.

“Our proposal for Lancaster is a $100 to $120 million project with 1,500 to 2,000 beds.”

That’s Brad Wiggins, an official with Corrections Corporation of America of Nashville, Tenn.

Wiggins says his company has a tentative deal to buy a 197-acre site off Route 3.  He says the prison could house minimum through high-security inmates and provide about 250 full-time jobs.

The state is considering whether outsourcing the operation of its prisons would save money. Proposals from four firms, including CCA, are currently under reviewed.

CCA representatives presented their plan in Lancaster at a Monday night meeting with town officials who had questions but were non-committal.

CCA is also considering several other New Hampshire locations, but Wiggins declined to identify them.

The final decision on whether to outsource the prison operations will be made by the Executive Council and Governor Lynch

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen